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Five Go Down To The Sea

From: Cork/London

Active: 1982-85




Donnelly & Dineen (both ex Nun Attax) met guitarist Mick Stack in 1981 and began to play together. They added cellist Una Ni Chanainn who they'd seen performing in a play with Mick Lynch (of the Mean Features). This 2 guitar and cello band evolved into Five Go Down To The Sea in 1982 with another ex Nun Attax Smelly on drums. When they moved to the UK in 1983, Una stayed behind. They released the "Knot A Fish" EP on Kabuki in 1983, the "Glee Club" EP on Abstract in 1984 and "Singing In Braille" on Creation in 1985, a unique trio of recordings which are highly recommended. When the band split in 1985, Mick Stack left for the USA, Smelly withdrew for live music and returned to Cork, while Donnelly & Dineen formed Beethoven.

There are many unreleased studio and radio session tracks (e.g. "While My Guitar Meryl Streeps") and probably lots of live material aswell. A band crying out for a discography CD.

"their music is characterized by discordant erratic melodies, tough persistent drumming and extremely distinctive and original vocals."--Vox #14

In 2001, Paul McDermott produced a radio documentary called Get That Monster Off The Stage, broadcast on Cork Campus Radio in July 2001. This is an audio portrait of Finbarr Donnelly and his bands (Nun Attax, Five Go Down to the Sea, Beethoven). It can now be downloaded from www.getthatmonsteroffthestage.com

In June 2004, Ricky Dineen assembled a band to play a few Nun Attax/5 Go Down To The Sea songs as part of a play called "Losing Web" staged at Corcadorca in Cork.

Notable Dates

• 31 Oct 1982 - Vox Cabaret, Cork


• 1st Dave Fanning Radio Session (RTE)
Recorded 18 October 1983

• Knot A Fish EP
7" - Kabuki Records - KA 05 - 1983 - PS
Produced by John O'Sullivan.

• 2nd Dave Fanning Radio Session (RTE2)
Recorded 20 November 1984

• various artists - Another Spark
K7 - Another Spark - 001 - UK - 1984 - magazine & cassette in ziplock bag

• The Glee Club EP
12" - Abstract Records - ABS 027 - UK - 1984
Produced by John Langford of the Mekons/Three Johns.
Entered the UK indie charts on 27.10.84 for a short 2-week run, peaking at #47

• various artists - Never Mind The Jacksons...Here's The Pollocks
LP - Abstract Records - 12 ABS 030 - UK - 1985 - insert

Notes: Most likely the same version as on the Glee Club EP which is listed on the insert.

• Singing In Braille EP
12" - Creation ecords - CRE 021 - UK - 1985
Produced by Joe Foster.

• various artists - Good Morning Mr. Presley
LP - Grunt Grunt A Go Go Records - GGAGG ONE - UK - 1985

• various artists - Communicate!!! Live At Thames Poly
2xLP - TPSE - 0001 - UK - 1985
CD - Overground Records - OVER 28 CD - UK - 1992


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See Also: Beethoven, Nun Attax

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